|Job's Tears Quilt Block|
This month the free, online Quilters' Book Club is reading and discussing Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards. Check the book out of the library or find the newly reissued paperback at your local book store and join us! We read and discuss one book a month and then make a quilt block to go with each book. If you'd like to create a block to go with a theme in Wedding Ring, click on the links to check out these quilt patterns:
Theme of Intergenerational Connectedness:
Interlocking Chain Quilt Block
Interlocking Squares Quilt Block
Theme of Pain and Healing:
Broken Heart Quilt Block
Hard Times Quilt Block
Job's Tears Quilt Block
Light and Shadows Quilt Block
Sunlight and Shadows Quilt Block
Theme of the Value of Womanly Arts:
Art Square Quilt Block
Home Circle Quilt Block
|Sunlight and Shadows Quilt Block|
|Home Circle Quilt Block|
These quotes about the womanly arts stood out as I was reading:
"Women with very little not only making do, but making art as they did." page 101
Helen "knew that most girls today bought their clothes, their bed linens and blankets. They ate out, too, or grabbed dinner through a window at some fast food place. But didn't any girl need to know how to sew on a button or hem a dress, never mind cook a meal for her children? Delilah had taught her daughter to be proud of her skills; she'd called them the womanly arts. But what was womanly or artistic about grabbing a skirt off a rack or eating a hamburger out of wrapping paper?" p. 217
Nancy "wondered what Billy would think if he saw her mother's best work. Would he, the educated collector of valuable abstract impressionists, think her mother's quilts were nothing more than primitive folk art from an old country woman? Or would he see them as part of a chain of artists that was centuries long, female artists who had used what was at hand to bring comfort and beauty to their modest homes?" p. 267
Please respond to any of the quotes above or to this question: Can the gentle pleasure of creating a quilt or any handcrafted item be a healing force for the maker, the giver, and the recipient? Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comments section below. By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway for Clare O'Donohue's book, The Devil's Puzzle, part of her Someday Quilts Mystery Series. Plume Books has generously offered copies of Clare's book for TWO lucky winners this month!
Just a heads up - The August Quilters' Book Club selection is Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick. Plan for it now!
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.